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Result: W 8-1

Men's Tennis vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. (EDT) / 11:00 a.m. (CDT) at Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Hilton Head Beach & Tennis

Smooth sailing for Knights against UW-Whitewater

Andrew Qi
Andrew Qi
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team wrapped up its Spring Break trip win a convincing 8-1 victory over University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was nationally ranked earlier this month and still sits No. 7 in the Central Region. The Knights have won 10 of their last 11 matches and are now 14-2 on the season.

“This match with Wisconsin-Whitewater has been as highly anticipated as the ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Stormy Daniels,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel.

Carleton started the day on a strong note by sweeping the doubles matches. The regionally-ranked tandem of Leo Vithoontien (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and Jordon O'Kelly (Jr./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) cruised to an 8-1 triumph atop the lineup, while Kevin Hurley (Sr./Novi, Mich/Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) and Xander Zuczek (Fy./Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard) won their 11th straight match, this one an 8-4 decision at third doubles.

Kevin Mei (Sr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Aaron Goodman (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) completed the doubles sweep as they outlasted their opponents at the second slot, 9-7.

Upon moving to singles, Carleton maintained the upper hand. As he has done throughout his rookie season, Vithoontien looked to be in control from the start. He went on to secure a 6-0, 6-0 triumph, his 13th straight to open the season.

Mei, O’Kelly, and Goodman added straight-set victories at the second, third, and fifth spots, respectively. Like Vithoontien, O’Kelly is also undefeated during singles in 2018, while Goodman won his seventh consecutive match against D-III opposition.

Andrew Qi (Jr./Auckland, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern) prevailed in a super tiebreaker at fourth singles as he improved to 10-1 against Division III players with his 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) result.

“This was another amazing Spring Break trip,” said Zweifel. “Excellent performances by the guys on the tennis courts, in the kayaks, and at the all you can eat seafood buffet.”

Carleton returns home for the start of spring term classes and next hits the courts at Luther College and the University of Dubuque on Saturday, April 7.

Carleton College 8, #7 Wis.-Whitewater 1

Singles competition
1. Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Zane Navratil (UWWM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Kevin Mei (CAR) def. Grant Thompson (UWWM) 6-1, 6-4
3. Jordon O'Kelly (CAR) def. Jimmy Engelhart (UWWM) 6-3, 6-4
4. Andrew Qi (CAR) def. Brandon Dechter (UWWM) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Aaron Goodman (CAR) def. Matt Zurowski (UWWM) 6-3, 6-0
6. Lucas Monterroso (UWWM) def. Sahil Chhugani (CAR) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)

Doubles competition
1. #8 Jordon O'Kelly/Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Zane Navratil/Jimmy Engelhart (UWWM) 8-1
2. Kevin Mei/Aaron Goodman (CAR) def. Brandon Dechter/Matt Zurowski (UWWM) 9-7
3. Kevin Hurley/Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Grant Thompson/Lucas Monterroso (UWWM) 8-4

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